Getting up to speed on your 7-8 Philadelphia Phillies.
-- Following a 2-for-4 night with a steal, former Phil Michael Bourn has twice as many stolen bases (8) as anyone else in the National League. Time to reopen the debate: Did the Phillies undervalue Bourn? Have they overvalued Shane Victorino? Did they sacrifice too much in a young, rising player for a one-year rental in Brad Lidge? Bourn represents instant damage when he gets on base, which he’s done at a reasonably good clip in his young career. He's a capable situational hitter and brings a patient approach. To me, his future shines brighter than the Flyin’ Hawaiian.
-- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will leave the team for two days to attend his uncle’s funeral, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The reigning MVP has missed seven starts since spraining his ankle against the Mets.
-- Bullpen stats: The Phillies' bullpen has held hitters to an NL-best .201 BA. Their 3.17 ERA is the second best. Their 33/25 K/BB could be better.
-- Mediocre numbers: Offensively, the Phillies are next to last in BA/RSP with .215. Only Florida is worse in the National League. Their LD percentage is 16 percent, which is last. Many of the other numbers point toward average production, maybe slightly below. Pitching-wise, they’ve allowed a league-average 4.5 runs a game. They’re below average in strikeouts, over the average in walks. The stats illustrate an average ballclub. Behold, a 7-8 start.